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Lionel Shriver: "Big Brother"

The subject of food can be a minefield in today’s society. Novelist Lionel Shriver on the strain an obese brother puts on his family.


Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus

Is the world on the verge of a pandemic? There are three reasons to think so. Two flu viruses are active, and a virus that bears a resemblance to SARS has cropped up in the Middle East. Each has devastating potential, but many early warnings of past pandemics have failed to materialize.

Concussion Prescription: A Year On The Bench For Youngsters?

Young athletes who have two concussions within a year take nearly three times as long to recover as someone experiencing one concussion. A history of past concussions also hurt recovery times.

Designated Drivers Often Fail To Abstain From Drinking

Breath tests after a college football game revealed that many designated drivers had been drinking. Researchers say their alcohol levels were lower, on average, than people who weren't going to drive. But the findings suggest more education is needed.
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Making Better End-Of-Life Care Decisions

Most Americans say they want to die at home, but few actually do. How movies made by two Harvard doctors can help patients make better end-of-life decisions.


With Epilepsy Treatment, The Goal Is To Keep Kids Seizure-Free

For children with epilepsy, doctors now try to prevent seizures altogether. It's a big switch in thinking from the days when seizures weren't considered such a bad thing. That changed due to research showing that seizures can affect learning and memory.